7.09.2007

WHAT NOT TO LOOK UP ON WIKIPEDIA



This is going to sound weird, but I was planning on writing a post about my struggle to teach Luke the correct name for his "man pieces." Maybe it is due to growing up in a family of all girls, but I have a hard time saying the real names for private parts. I find myself saying to Luke all the time, "Hey, stop messing with your ding dong." or "I need to wipe your wah wah." He's learning a lot of new words, and if he grows up calling it his "Wee wee" or something else, it will be really embarrassing for him. Then again, do I really want him yelling, "My pe*** hurts!" in public places? (See, how I can't even write the real word? I have issues.)

So, I went on Wikipedia to look up some common slang for pe***, you know, to put some funny stuff in my post. (What, do you think I write my own material?) Oh my gosh, under no circumstances should you ever look up that word on Wikipedia. What was I thinking?? Ew, gross, I feel so sick inside. I looked at the page for almost 5 seconds until I started seeing pictures, and then realized how stupid (and naive) I am for looking it up. I know some could say it is "science," but now I want to vomit. The gross part is that the pictures were posted and edited by some sick individuals who probably said, "Dude, it'll be so cool to put this picture of myself on Wikipedia! Gnarly!" I am not writing this so you will all look at it, it was seriously detrimental to my well-being, and I am not exaggerating. Moral of the story: Wikipedia is scary.

Ew.

16 comments:

  1. Now all of cyberspace knows why it took so long to have our first. Nothing kills the mood quite like using the word wah-wah.

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  2. Haha, I have a hard time hearing/saying that word too. I don't think I have a problem with Carson calling it some little "slang" word like ding dong as long as he knows that's not the REAL word for it, you know? Like you said, I really wouldn't like him to yell "my pe*** hurts!" in public either.

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  3. We had no problem teaching our son the real word. And he has yet to yell it out in public. (Luke might be a different story). I felt more comfortable calling it by its real name than calling it something like a pee pee, or a wee wee, etc.

    Our problem is with our daughter. There are lots of girl parts when it comes down to it. We end up just calling them her girl parts. For a long time she thought everything, front and back was called a "bum," that's when we switched to girl parts. But I'm still not satisfied that it's what we need to stick with.

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  4. I like using pee pee. But I heard from a psychologist that its important that you teach your kids not to be ashamed of the real word of his body part. He'll grow up thinking the p word is like saying "voldermolt".

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  5. I remember my brothers knowing the word and my mom just taught them that it wasn't appropriate to use that word in public. My parents were very good to teach us the correct language but also that it was a "private" matter. Of course, with six boys in the family, I still heard all kinds of jokes. Boys will be boys in a lot of ways no matter what you teach them.

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  6. ha ha ha ha ha...it's a good thing that you don't work where I work or you may have lost your job! It's too bad I'm not Luke's aunt because that's one of my favorite things to teach my nephews. LOL. I'm all about get back at my brother for years of torment. It was also right after my child development class where I was taught that it's ideal to use the "real words".

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  7. When my nephew was 2 or 3, my sister went to the grocery store and he ran up and down the ailes yelling, "PENIS! PENIS! PENIS! PENIS! She was pretty embarrassed. I'm all about using the real words. Even though I probably pause or hesitate or gulp when I do. I grew with the understanding that these were bad words to say like "voldermolt". My favorite slang my friend's mom uses is "tallywacker".

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  8. I think it is great you are teaching Luke to use the correct words. We had some girl friends growing up whose mom never ever called any of their parts by the correct names. It always seemed demeaning to me. I think it would be less embarrassing to hear a kid say something about his penis in public than to hear him scream something about his "technicals". (Thank you for teaching me that term Ben Shadle.) I'm sure you can teach him what is appropriate to say in public.

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  9. I have so much to say on this subject.
    First of all, I knew a family in Wisconsin that had a lot of girls and then some little boys. The sisters taught him to, anytime someone said "penis," lick his lips and raise his eyebrows. So his mom told him he had a "special part."
    Secondly, when I was 14 or so and my brother was 7, he told me that someone had hit him in the penis. A friend of mine laughed that he called it that. I said, "What's its name?"
    Thirdly, Fran Berman used to say, in a high-pitched voice, "What's so wrong with the word 'peeeeeenis'?!"
    Fourthly, it's just a body part. If it needs to be talked about, why would you use anything but its name? I don't talk about my knee as "you know, that joint in the middle of my leg." There's no reason to sexualize something before you have to. It's like a toe that you can pee out of. Call it what it is.

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  10. If you're really uncomfortable with the word penis, you can call it a peanuts. It will probably come out sounding the same!

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  11. I feel pretty strongly about teaching the correct words. I think that because I have taken anatomy and physiology and had a general overview of how the body works I think I would like to teach my children. I was always kind of afraid of human functions growing up, but why not educate our kids so they won't be so afraid of it later....I am not sure if that made any sense or not. Oh well

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  12. What's wah wah? That's weirder than weeh weeh. haha! Maybe you should just force yourself to use the proper word. Luke will thank you later.

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  13. and I'm back...you know I can't see the youtube stuff at work (for our own protection), so I just saw the video. What a great clip!!!

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  14. Cristin,
    I have to say that I always need to read your blogs for good laughs. You had me in histerics. It's good therapy for me. I find my elf using strange language also but I think that since Kyle is almost 3 he should maybe know the real word. However I think I'll teach him to say it only at home and use wee in public. I guess I'll see.

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  15. we taught both our kids(a girl and boy) to use the word, "private" when they're talking about that area, for the same reason as yourself, that we don't want them at such a young age to be understanding right and wrong to be yelling phrases that have gotten a reaction out of people, because you know people would laugh. Anyways, it works really well for them and Elisabeth is now at an age that she kind of understands what the word private means (we had to teach her of course) and so she knows she needs to keep it private.

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  16. Hayden calls it a winky b/c of my in-laws. Until we moved to Ohio when he was 3.5 he called it a penis, but they all call it a winky. He knows it's called a penis though. I'm all for calling body parts by their correct names.

    Hayden has called it a penis in public, and to me it's no better/worse than calling it a wee wee, pee pee, winky, privates, etc. in public. He has learned not to talk about it in public. When he was little he would always cry that his penis was standing up - so you have that great joy to look forward to :).

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